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Poster: brewster Date: Jul 9, 2009 5:53pm
Forum: texts Subject: 1,500,000 free books


Congratulations to the libraries, archives, companies, and foundations that have hit a milestone: 1,500,000 free books that are available on archive.org for reading and bulk download.

Onward!

-brewster

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Poster: garthus Date: Jul 9, 2009 6:17pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 1,500,000 free books

Compare this to the crap our public libraries have to offer. Most of them have turned into blockbusters and second hand Starbucks. Quite a few of the books which I have put up on the archive came from the dumpsters of university and public libraries in the vicinity of where I live.

For example:

http://www.archive.org/details/Karma_A_Story_Of_Early_Buddhism

One of my recent uploads came from a local universities dumpster. Incidentally this book lists for over $400 at a rare books dealer.

Gerry

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Poster: brewster Date: Jul 9, 2009 6:25pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 1,500,000 free books

That is one cool looking book. Is that paper? and nice scanning.

-brewster

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Poster: garthus Date: Jul 9, 2009 6:56pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 1,500,000 free books

Brewster,

Special linen cloth, color woodblock prints, silk thread binding. This was a special edition which is probably worth more than the paper binding which was selling for $429. Sad thing was that some librarian(s) saw fit to throw this thing in the garbage, incidentally after I had complained to them about other books which they had thrown away earlier.

I understand that the Archive may be archiving hard copies of the items placed in the archive. Something like this probably should be preserved. Collectors probably would only buy it nd cut it up for the prints.

Gerry

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Poster: brewster Date: Jul 9, 2009 7:22pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 1,500,000 free books


We may be seeing a wave of discards from libraries as digitized holdings become more prevalent. We have heard rumors of this from Google libraries-- that google's copy will mean they can toss theirs. Scary, but there it is.

The Internet Archive is developing methods of storing physical books, but we are not there yet.

-brewster

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Poster: garthus Date: Jul 9, 2009 7:50pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 1,500,000 free books

Brewster,

I found in the trash dumpster from this same University library a list of Google books, which were cross referenced with the discards. They were literally discarding hundreds of books which they found on Google. They are going through their stacks and culling anything which was on Google or which was not circulating to their liking.

Gerry

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Poster: Wildflowers Lover Date: Jul 9, 2009 8:34pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 1,500,000 free books

I would also like to see that list, as I use googlebooks daily for genealogy references.

TIA,

Lynne

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Poster: brewster Date: Jul 9, 2009 7:53pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 1,500,000 free books

That is very interesting. Can you post that here, or send it to me in email? Anything that can make that correspondence would be helpful.

-brewster
brewster@archive.org

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Poster: garthus Date: Jul 9, 2009 7:03pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 1,500,000 free books

I forgot,

Everyone should read the story, especially witnessing the rot clearly evident in Western Culture.

Gerry

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Poster: soaz Date: Jul 22, 2009 12:12pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 1,500,000 free books

Hi !
I'm new on this forum. I don't think I am on the great topic, but I don't know where I should post this question. I desperatly try to download the book corresponding to that link:
http://www.archive.org/details/plantsuccessiona00clem

the only file available is an http one. I can download one file among the 7 proposed, but nothing happens with this file, I can not open it and I don't think it corresponds to the book given the short time it took me to download it.

Could anybody help me ! please...
Thanks a lot in advance

Soizic

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Poster: stbalbach Date: Jul 22, 2009 5:00pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 1,500,000 free books

Something wrong with it. Google has a copy

http://books.google.com/books?id=3NEqAAAAYAAJ

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: Jul 22, 2009 8:48pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: 1,500,000 free books

Hi Soizic

I think you are also saying you could not find how to start a new topic for your question. On the text home page, at the top of the listing of all topics, right hand side there is a clickable "NEW POST" which allows you to start your own topic. I know, it took me a minute to spot it 2 days ago.

No need to find a topic that applies to your question unless a topic are watching covers matters such as your question

Best watch to keep up with all topics, including now ones, is to the left of NEW POST, click on the RSS symbol, what then asks which RSS reader you want. I use Google Reader, and I deselect the "I like to receive email me when somebody responds to this post" whenever I do a posting. It saves email overload as I also have the Archive advise me of new texts deposited, via the RSS feed on some pages.

Peter. (thanks Soizic, I am piggybacking a message on your topic, its not right to create a new topic for it. I know Gerry is monitoring the forum)

Gerry, I will be off maybe for a day or so, we got a major storm coming in, already got torrential rain, winds coming up. A year go, 80Km North, roofs of houses began flying. So I am shutting down, reverting to '60s technology, corded phone, pulling 3 plugs, TV in, phone in (DSL on it) and power, cutting off all my modern transistorised micro chipped gear. And bringing out my LPG heater and oven. One cable coming between the South Island and North Island (the spare is well past its use by date) is our main supply, if it goes out, we pull power from the middle of the North Island, top of the North Island is where most of our population lives, and there is little spare capacity. Over in the South Island, the underwater cable goes above ground 400 miles South to the big hydro stations. That 400 mile DC link, is most at risk to the wind. Once some towers had to be guy-wired before they fell.
Peter